Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds

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SEVEN

The Botany of Abundance

I think that more knowledge of how to co-operate
with nature for our own good is the greatest need
of the world today. Man's control of his own future
may depend in the long run on whether his biologi-
cal knowledge, which is constructive, can catch up
with his knowledge of the physical sciences, which
has taught him so much about how to destroy.

HENRY A. WALLACE, secretary of
agriculture, 1937 USDA Yearbook


Fort Collins, Colorado

A strong westward wind could kick up over the Nebraska prairie and blow steadily across the plains without much interruption until it hit the Front Range, the eastern flank of the Rocky Mountains. That's where the city of Fort Collins huddles up against the foothills that gently rise to the west before becoming the high jagged peaks of the Medicine Bow Mountains, then the Continental Divide. In the mid-nineteenth century, migrants moving west also stopped here. They settled the lands of the Ute nation and of other tribes, who did their best to resist the invasion. To protect themselves from Indian retaliation, the colonists established Camp Collins in 1862 with two companies of the Kansas Volunteer Cavalry. After the Civil War and after local hostilities died down, the fort was taken over by a farmer from New York

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